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Temporary Closure of Little Gems Preschool

Type: Press Releases

Topic(s): Children & Families

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) was informed on 4 April2020 that a teaching staff at LittleGems Preschool Pte Ltd at 3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62 #01-09, LINK@AMK, Singapore569139 (“the Centre”) testedpositive for COVID-19. She was last in the Centre on Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

2 As an added precautionary measure, ECDA has directed that theCentre be temporarily closed from 5 April 2020 to 14 April 2020. This covers the 14-day incubation period as the staff was last in the Centreon 31 March 2020.

3 In addition, all affected staff and children will be placed ona Leave of Absence during the closure period. Barring any new developments, theCentre will resume limited service provision on Wednesday, 15 April 2020, toserve the group of parents whoare working in essential services and are unable to extend their alternativecare arrangements beyond the closure period. Contact tracing is ongoing.

4 The Centre will conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfection ofthe preschool premises and is closely monitoring its staff and parents on thehealth of their children. This is in addition to earlier precautionary measuresthat were implemented in accordance to MOH’s and ECDA’s guidelines. Theseinclude restriction of visitors, suspension of large group and communalactivities as well as excursions and field trips, health checks and stepped up temperaturescreening for all children and staff.

5 ECDA will continue to monitorthe situation closely, and work with the management, staff, parents andchildren at the Centre to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all. Preschoolsare reminded to be vigilant when conducting health checks, and to observe highstandards of personal and environmental hygiene. This includes keeping thecentre environment clean, and frequent washing of hands with soap – especially beforeeating or handling food, after toilet visits, or when hands are dirtied byrespiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.